25 Parents Who Turned to Humor For Respite From Their 'Little Devils': "5-Year-Old Wants Beauty Sleep"
Ah! Parenting. One day you are in absolute awe of what you created and admire your child's adorable antics; other days, you scream at the sheer helplessness of handling the "little devils". And there is no in-between. Parenting is an emotional roller coaster ride enough to drive you insane.
Don't get us wrong; we understand despite all the hardships, you love your "little devils". But, some parents face the reality of parenting challenges and tell it like it is. No sugar coating. And that helps because they find a community of fellow parents stuck in the same mess.
Parents who think their "parental tool-kit" is well-equipped have missed a "powerful" tool. Humor. Whether you have an infant giving you dark circles, an obstinate toddler, an inquisitive pre-schooler, or an argumentative teen—you can always count on humor.
Rod A. Martin, one of the premier researchers on this topic, in his book, 'The Psychology of Humor: An Integrative Approach,' says, "Besides boosting positive emotions and counteracting negative moods like depression and anxiety, humor is thought to be a valuable mechanism for coping with stressful life events."
"When applied in your family, humor can be a subtle but successful tactic to address your children's annoying behaviors or missteps. For parents who are infuriated by what their child has done, summoning humor in those frustrating moments can also reduce a parent's anger while diffusing a tense situation," per U.S.News.
That's why we have gathered the 25 most humorous tweets from parents who have mastered this tool.
My son started playing that annoying game where he copies everything I do and say; so I brushed my teeth, folded some towels, and cleaned up some toys. Follow me for more tips.— kindminds_smarthearts (@kindminds_) April 2, 2023
2. It better remain a secret
Last night, I hid the Oreos under my son's folded clothes in a basket and asked him to put it away... which he SWEARS he did.— KJ (@IDontSpeakWhine) April 7, 2023
Now he's standing in front of the pantry freaking out that the Oreos are gone. Who wants to tell him?
My daughter came downstairs an hour earlier than normal this morning and caught me hiding eggs. I had no choice but to tell her the truth: I woke up early to steal the candy that the Easter Bunny had left her.— Henpecked Hal (@HenpeckedHal) April 9, 2023
4. Worth trying
I lost my voice and my dad told my kids that if I have to yell at them I’ll lose it forever, so they’re behaving beautifully because they’re worried that I’ll never be able to yell at them again, I don’t understand it but I’m grateful for the peace— Real Life Mommy (@reallifemommy3) April 11, 2023
Today rival dad next door mowed. This triggered me to mow. Which then triggered other rival dad next door to mow which then triggered his rival dad next door to mow. Being a dad is wild. Also my lawn looks the best.— Dadman Walking (@dadmann_walking) April 10, 2023
6. Just nod if you "hare" me
My daughter bit off both ends of her chocolate bunny and is shouting through it like a megaphone, “Hello, is there anybunny in there?”— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) April 10, 2023
7YO: Daddy you’re so talented— Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) April 3, 2023
Me: Awww Thank Y..
7YO: …last night your snoring sounded like a pig was beat boxing
Ordered new coats for my kids and for convenience I had them shipped directly to their school’s lost and found section— Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) April 18, 2023
9. Like, seriously.
Nothing prepares you for the metamorphosis of when you open your mouth and your mother comes out.— @itssherifield (@itssherifield) April 13, 2023
10. Take your time, dear.
It was 80s day at my 8yo’s school so I told him to walk to school and be home before dark.— Daddy Go Fish (@daddygofish) April 10, 2023
Parenting is ok except for every once in a while when my 3-year-old requests “Ham Hands” for lunch, which is when she takes two handfuls of ham and eats it in the living room while she watches tv.— Kristen Mulrooney (@missmulrooney) April 11, 2023
8yo: I don’t think the Easter Bunny is real— Daddy Go Fish (@daddygofish) April 9, 2023
8yo: yea, I’m pretty sure it’s just Santa Claus in a bunny suit
13. And sleep in peace
My son said it’s not fair I’m the only one that sleeps alone because my sisters sleep together and so do you and dad. I said I totally understand you can sleep with dad and I’ll take your room.— @itssherifield (@itssherifield) April 3, 2023
14. Olivia is genius
Olivia: Mommy, this dinner is delicious.— Little Quotes by Little Folks (@lilquotesbook) April 1, 2023
Me: Thank you!
Olivia: April fools!
-Olivia, age 4
15. Coffee tasted different
As my coffee brews, 7 leaves the kitchen…— redyellowgreendance 💃🏻 (@RYGdance) April 11, 2023
Me: “Where you goin?”
Him: “I wanna give the coffee machine privacy while it’s peeing.”
16. And his world turned upside down
If you’re wondering if parenting is for you, my 5yo woke me up at 5am this morning in a panic because his fish wasn’t blinking.— Mediocre Mom (@MediocreMamaa) April 24, 2023
17. Hospital refused
My 1YO hit my 5YO with his toy so she got upset and asked me if we can return him to the hospital and pick up a "nicer kid".— My Life As Dad (@milifeasdad) April 10, 2023
18. It was just a crocodile
Yesterday I asked my kindergartener what she did in school and she said "nothing," then later I went on Instagram and her teacher had posted a picture of her holding a crocodile.— Kristen Mulrooney (@missmulrooney) April 14, 2023
I thought I was doing okay at this parenting thing but my 3 yo just watched Mufasa die, turned to me and said ‘I like that part’ and I clearly have gone wrong somewhere.— Mama x2 (@Mamax215) April 15, 2023
My 1yo is crawling around on the floor eating a pretzel, which shouldn’t be a problem except I don’t remember the last time I bought pretzels.— Mediocre Mom (@MediocreMamaa) April 11, 2023
21. Nothing is yours
If you want to know what parenting is like, my toddler got mad at me for making her move over so I could sleep in MY bed too— Real Life Mommy (@reallifemommy3) April 24, 2023
22. Culprit is right here
judge: tell us in your words what happenedme: I cut up the pancake into pieces as requested but the pieces were…too smalljury (all toddlers): *GASPS*Prosecutor to client, my son: we got him— Dad Set Against (@DadSetAgainst) April 14, 2023
I was lying on the couch feeling sick and my 2yo came over and sat on me then used me as a slide while saying 'weeeee!' and that about sums up what it's like to be a parent— An Apple Hat (@AnAppleHat) April 5, 2023
24. Beauty what?
*Trying to put my 1YO to sleep but he keeps screaming*— My Life As Dad (@milifeasdad) April 3, 2023
5YO: Can you guys quiet down ?! I need my beauty sleep !
25. And it's so moist
Toddlers can actually be very generous despite their reputation. Sometimes they’ll even offer you the food from out of their own mouth.— NicholasG (@Dad_At_Law) April 4, 2023